1. Making Sports More Interesting

One possible way of making both professional and amateur sports more interesting to follow throughout the season could be to change the way in which teams are composed. In effect, teams would change constantly throughout the season based on which team won who. In essence, every season would begin with each of the smallest political jurisdictions (i.e. cities) composing a team and competing against teams formed by jurisdictions in the same class. The winning team’s coach would then have the privilege of choosing which members of his own team as well as which members of his defeated opponent’s team to choose to play in the next round of competition. Higher level teams cannot choose a player unless they have won the team of which that player is a member. Players chosen by the winning team’s coach would have the option of declining the privilege of joining the new team but not the option of remaining on the team without being specifically picked by the coach. These players would also have the option of moving to another same-level or lower level team if the coaches of those teams approve the change.

After all the city teams play it out and each county has formed one team that is superior to all others in the county, then counties could begin to play it out among themselves with the same rules applying. After all the counties have played it out and each state has composed a superior team, then the states could begin to play it out with each other. After all the states have played it out, the winning team would be the national champions. If the process continues and participation at an international event like the Olympic Games is desired, then either the same members of the championship team could play other countries or the coach of the winning team at the national finals could form a new team composed of the best players from both his team and the team he defeated at the national finals.

Having so many teams from so many different political jurisdictions playing against each other would probably take so much time that one season may not be enough to accommodate all the games necessary to be played to reach the national finals. A solution may be to require two seasons for a team to rise from a city-level team up to a national finalist and champion. The first season (year) can be referred to as a primary season (where cities and counties compete) and the second year can be referred to as a secondary season (where state and national competitions occur).

To make it more exciting while at the same time increasing the capacity of people to directly participate in professional sports, primary and secondary seasons can completely overlap each other and be played in the same year but on two separate and parallel tracks. While the cities and counties are playing against each other, the states and nations are also playing against each other during the same season.

At the close of each year’s season, primary season players graduate into secondary season players for the next year, if these players are chosen by the winning team’s coach. If players are not chosen onto a higher level, they could stay on their current team or move around to other equivalent or lower teams (for example, a county team member could move to another county or down to a city team) if chosen by the respective coaches. Secondary season players who graduate from competition in the national championship must go down a minimum of two levels (to the county level teams) and play on teams whose coaches have asked them to join. The rest of the secondary level players, those who did not make it to the championship finals, could remain on those teams if their respective coaches ask them to remain.

This system would allow many more people to participate in professional sports. It would also act to depress the wages of professional players because they would be moving around from small town teams to major teams and back again to small town teams every two years.


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